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French Chablis Tasting with Winemaker

 

News Release: Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

About: French Chablis Tasting with Winemaker
 
Please join us for a French Chablis Tasting with winemaker Francois Servin, in a rare appearance in this country, on Saturday, May 19th from 4 to 6pm @MetroWines. 
 
Francois Servin loves to make wine. Following old world traditional winemaking practices, this ninth generation winemaker says, while many have made winemaking a science, it is, for Servin, still an art. The Servin Family traces their roots and winemaking heritage back to 1652.
 
"Chablis garnered a less than positive reputation for decades as a result of jug wine labeled Chablis in 1970s," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines."But Chardonnay made in Chablis, much like sparkling wine made in Champagne, cannot be replicated. 
 
This collection of exclusive and limited distribution wines are from a single vineyard in Chablis. With different characteristics ranging from tropical fruit notes to tangerine and citrus to brioche and caramel, all are rich with good minerality.
 
The wine trade journal in Burgundy rates Francois Servin as one of the top two winemakers our of 120 in Chablis.

Contact: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
Shop:  828-575-9525

 

 

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Hogwash, Poderi Elia Barbera, Wolffer Rose' Hard Cider, Lovo Cabernet Sauvignon, Gavi

HOGWASH 2017
100% Grenache, California, Beckstoffer
   
   Hogwash Rosé started when Tuck Beckstoffer was invited to a co-host a charity barbeque. Tuck thought it would be fun to create a wine especially for the event. Tuck had been experimenting with making rosé from a special Grenache vineyard in the Central Coast of California that he thought would be ideal for a rose that paid homage to the rosés from the South of France and yet distinctly California in style.
    The reception to the wine at the event was so positive that he started making small quantities of the wine for distribution. Hogwash Rosé is salmon-pink in color with fresh and lively aromas of rose, raspberry and orange zest. Flavors of lemon, mandarin, honey & just ripened peach.
Poderi Elia 2014 Barbera D'Asti

Poderi Elia has the highest altitude vineyard site in the world famous
Barbaresco Wine Appellation. This affords the grapes maximum temperature variation, promoting  longer growing season and more complexity in the wines. Third generation winemaker Federico Stella is a master craftsman who enjoys allowing his old vines to speak telling the story of the land with each sip.

This Barbera d'Asti is fresh and bright, with aromas of ripe pomegranate,
dried mint and Morella Cherry. It is medium bodied and aged for 18 months
in French Oak barriques for greater richness and depth.

Out of the Box Macaroni and Cheese Pairing
Fiona Beckett, Wine Critic for The Guardian in London,
Says a Dry Rose Cider. We say Wolffer!

 Made exclusively from New York apples, Wolffer Rose Cider brings delicate floral notes with a blend of several apples including Jonagold, Mutsu, Golden Delicious, Gold Rush, Idared, and Northern Spy. To further the distinctive offering,
this cider was make with wine yeast and wine skins to give it that distinctive coloring.

This cider speaks to that perfect color palate, too, glowing with a shiny rose color. 
The floral notes are the first layer that begins to peel back into the more natural craft cider scents and flavors. A pleasantly clean and shaped cider finds the balance between carbonation, acidity, sweetness, and tannic qualities. 

LOVO 2016, Cabernet Sauvignon from Italy! $13.99 
(Macaroni and Cheese Approved)
This Cabernet Sauvignon cuts straight across the grain of the highly concentrated, heavily-oaked versions. Unoaked, it is remarkably
bright and clean, with a zesty-ness perfect for food.

Made in the Veneto by Winemaker Salvatore Lovo, and his daughter Silvia,
the two grow classic varietals of North-Central Italia, but also love to experiment. Vineyards planted in clay and volcanic rock. 13.5 alc.
 
Masera GAVI 2016, $11.99

(Macaroni and Cheese Approved)
  Clean and crisp, this 100% Cortese is from a single vineyard in Gavi. Exceptional value. Winemaker is known for limiting his yields to ensure wine is not overproduced or diluted.  These low yields and careful winemaking give this Gavi its intensity.
   Made from 100% Cortese grapes, this delicious white is both soft and crisp. With a pleasant stony backbone, this wine features notes of green apple, pear and a lovely, enlivening finish of white flower and white pepper. 
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J. Mourat Rose', Zemmer Lagrein, Tasca Grillo, DMZ Shiraz,

    Made in Loire from a unique blend of Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Gamay and Negrette, this is a very delicate and quite dry Loire Rose. Briny and flinty flavors. Lean, refreshing this is a go to for super warm days.
    Loire produces a great variety of wines. Ranging from still to sparkling, very dry and acidic to hearty sweet, and clear in color to a deep purple, the diversity of wines is due in part to its climate spanning Continental to Mediterranean. 

Good time to remind you that The Great Rose Tasting Starts on May 5th!

Transition to Spring
Lagrein is a lighter Northern Italian Varietal

The wine is velvety, elegant with a clear fruity character.
Ruby red to dark garnet red in the glass, expect spicy aromas,
wild berries and violets on the nose and a soft, round palate with good body, and just enough tannins with a spicy finish.

Tasca Tenuta Regaleali

At Tenuta Regaleali, in western Sicily, Grillo has been cultivated for years.  
For this wine, Tasca harvests Grillo vines at different times to retain
freshness and also lend structure that will carry the wine through aging.

Pale straw yellow in color, Tasca Grillo offers a broad range of bright fruit aromas from crisp citrus to white peach, tangy apricots, and exotic tropical fruit like pineapple.  An elegant backbone of minerality carries the wine across the palate and leads into a balanced finish.

And it's Bagna Cauda Approved!

Everyday Wine

DMZ Syrah, Stellenbosch, South Africa

DMZ is DeMorgenzon’s value label, where the objective is to produce classic, elegant, well-balanced wines which over-deliver in terms of quality for price.

Deep, purple core. Rich, berry fruit nose with lots of ripe, red plum and whiffs of white pepper. Some floral notes in the background, including violets, lavender and spring blossoms. Full in the mouth, with tremendous youthful vigor. Layers of berry fruit with developing spices of pepper, cinnamon, clove and vanilla. Gentle oak integration shows and supports the elegance and roundness of the wine.

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Wolffer Rose' Hard Cider is IN Shop!

 

Wolffer Hard Cider is summer, party and event perfect.

Taste it on May 5th at the season's opener of The Great Rose Tasting

@MetroWines

What Wolffer says: Our elegant premium sparkling dry cider is a reflection of soft summer hues of sunsets across the Hampton beaches. This unique hard cider is sourced from only the best New York State Apples and represents the bohemian spirit that resides in everyone.

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Txakolina, Muller Thurgau, Copertino Negroamaro 2008, Piccolo Red

 


It's IN. 
But this one is limited every year. Stock up!
More About Txakolina from Eric Asimov NYT here: 

https://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/11/dining/11Pour.html
ASHEVILLE WINE FOCUS GROUP (RED) WINNER: APRIL

Copertino Negroamaro 2008!

   Brick red and dense, Copertino has seductive aromatics of blackberry, spice, cigar leaf and smoked meats. It is medium-bodied and surprisingly complex, displaying well-integrated layers of leather, wild berries, cedar, tar, vanilla and soft spices. The long finish lingers with dried cherry and port-like nuances.
 
ASHEVILLE WINE FOCUS GROUP (WHITE) WINNER: APRIL
Terlano Muller Thurgau 2015
      "In Terlano there are a number of very attractive sites in our highest and steepest vineyards, which extend up to 900 meters above sea-level, where the Müller Thurgau grape produces very elegant wines with the peach and nutmeg flavors that are typical of the variety."
                                                                        Antonio Gallani 90 Points
 
This wine works with powerful tastes including spicy, HOT and bitter.
Try Terlano Muller Thurgau with this Epicurious Recipe for Dandelion Greens!

https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/
sauteed-spicy-dandelion-greens-and-onions-51233220

Piccolo Red from Peju, Napa Valley
Made wine by Sarah Fuller, Piccolo Red is a Bordeaux blend.
Starting her career scrubbing the floors, Sarah Fuller carries credentials
and clout including stints at Quintessa and Estancia in South America.
Her focus is on sustainable farming.
Paired with pork, Piccolo Red proved its versatility and drinkablity
at the recent Women Winemakers Dinner at Golden Fleece.
Full Report on the dinner here: https://metrowinesasheville.com/wine-blogs/
blog/entry/women-winemakers-dinner

and

Support Women Winemakers and California Wines
NYT says California Vintners are Caught UP in Trade War with China!

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/03/business/economy/china-wine-trade.html

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April Focus Group Winners

 

Bryan Hendershot of Mims stepped out of the wine comfort zone presenting lesser known varietals or varietals done in a different style than is standard operating for a crowd. It worked.
 
The Group really liked all four wines for various reasons. When making decisions, in addition to versatility and being well crafted, price to quality ratio is also a consideration.
 
The Pala Cannonau from Sardegna was a less fruity more structured version than you generally encounter. The Group determined that this wine needs food and as we discovered a little air. After we tasted all four wines, we came back around to the Cannonau and those that were not fans on the first taste, appreciated the wine with the changes the air brought. Bryan explained that different wines call for different amounts of air and temperature.
 
And the Remo Farina Ripasso! We really liked the fact that this bottle was not heavy on the raisin taste. Some of the Group said they have hesitated to try Ripasso and certainly Amarone because the raisin taste smothers the bottle and not in a good way. If you like Amarone and find it out of your price range, Bryan suggested a Ripasso as an alternative. This full bodied, full flavored bottle at $23 is well worth it.
 
And now the winners!
 
Copertino is a blend of 95% Negroamaro and 5% Malvasia. This is where price to quality ratio was a factor. It is very unusual to find a bottle of wine that CAN be aged, that HAS been aged and successfully aged for 10 years for only $16.99.
The wine is rustic yet soft with flavors of black berries and earth. A robust wine, Copertino is always aged 2 years  prior to release becoming refined and elegant with the aging. Serve at 65 degrees. Copertino has the WOW factor. You can enjoy this wine by the glass at Nightbell and Cucina 24 in Asheville.
 
Terlano Muller Thurgau was a close second. Muller Thurgau IS the varietal. You can see how it might have suffered securing placement in the American market. The German grape Blaufrankish is called Franconia in Italy. Same taste on the palate but easier on the ear! Just a thought. Made in Northern Italy, Alto Adige, the wine is German in style.
 
Pale yellow in the glass with aromatic tropical fruits on the nose, the wine is medium bodied on the palate with flavors of mango and peach balanced with a crisp acidity. The Group agreed with James Suckling who awarded 91 Points! We thought this wine was perfect to enjoy without food but would make a take out bowl of fried rice from Gan Shan Station sing! And you have time. Bryan tells us that this wine could go another 10 years in the bottle.
 
Other wines from Mims that you may know include "Shop Favorites" such as Pentimento and the Maz Caz wines from Michele d'Aprix as well as Flor de Montgo organic Tempranillo.
 
Join us for Asheville Wine Focus Group on May 2nd when Derek Rubio of Skyland Distributing will be our host.
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Asheville Wine Focus Group: May

 

RESERVATIONS HERE! 

News Release: Thursday, April 5th, 2018

About: Asheville Wine Focus Group: May
 
The Asheville Wine Focus Group convenes on Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018 from 5:30 to 6:30 @MetroWines. Derek Rubio of Skyland Distributing will host the event. Four wines will be "on the taste" and "on the house" and "on the discussion!" 
 
Please call (828) 575-9525 to reserve a seat or reserve online here: https://www.metrowinesasheville.com/store/product/asheville-wine-focus-group-may-2/
 
What is Asheville Wine Focus Group? We ask our customers to give their opinions about wines presented by our sales representatives. "In a small shop, space is limited so the retailer needs to be right," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "And we want to serve the interests of our customers."
 
Participants are asked if they like each wine, do they think other customers will like the wine, what is the best use of the bottle, that is, is this bottle for a party, porch sipping, everyday table wine or a special occasion, and what should it cost.
 
 
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
Shop:  828-575-9525
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Market Place Wine Dinner

News Release: Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

About: Market Place Wine Dinner with MetroWines
 
Please join us, Grapevine Distribution and Chef de Cuisine Matthew Atkinson on Wednesday, May 23rd starting 6:30 at Market Place for "Farmer to Table," a fresh take on wine pairing dinners. The dinner will pair wines from dedicated vine growers from the west coast with fresh produce and foods from local North Carolina growers.
 
$65, not including tax and gratuity for the evening. Market Place is located at 20 Wall Street, Asheville 28801. 
 
For reservations, please call Market Place at (828) 252-4162.
 
Don't want to drive downtown? Park your car @MetroWines and carpool or Uber to Market Place and back!
 
More about Market Place:

We are a group of cooks, farmers, waiters, cheese-makers, organizers, ranchers, brewers and dishwashers who share a common philosophy about how we eat and in a larger sense, about life.

Chef William Dissen

Chef William Dissen

We believe in the importance of working locally, not just using ingredients from our surrounding area, but also in our contribution to the community. The success of our restaurant has always been closely entwined with the health and progress of our community. For 35 years we have supported the arts, local-needs and education programs.

Our clients have returned over the decades, we hope in part because we have always tried to treat them as family… and friends. Some might say, our food tastes good, perhaps even memorable. Each day, we do our utmost to prepare and present fresh food in a creative manner with a craftsman’s hand. Working in the most sustainable way possible is important.

The Market Place has been a fixture in downtown Asheville since 1979. Though it’s beginnings rose in the streams and mountains of western North Carolina – a place of mountain trout and small farms – it also has a hand and heart inspired by traditions far from our borders. This mélange of local food prepared with other worldly traditions of the table may have helped the Market Place garner national attention but the keen reverence for the heritage and roots of Appalachia has always remained at the center of what we do.

More About Market Place Farmers: https://marketplace-restaurant.com/about/our-farmers

 

THE MENU!

“farmer to table” wine dinner 5.23.18

1st Course

ember roasted carrots, preserved lemon, farmstead cheese, sumac, crushed almonds

Schug Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Carneros - Sonoma, CA, 2017

2nd Course

Benton's Country Ham wrapped Sunburst Trout, rainbow chard, hakurei turnips, gremolata

DeLoach Family Hook & Ladder Chardonnay, Russian River, CA, 2016

3rd Course

whey cooked Carolina Gold Rice middlins', asparagus, pine nut & mustard green pistou, soft herbs Stoller Estate Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon, 2015

4th Course

roasted Brasstown Beef striploin, black garlic steak sauce, charred spring onion, onion rings

Novelty Hill Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, WA, 2014

5th Course

strawberry trifle, pound cake, strawberries, whipped creme fraiche, lemon balm

executive chef: William Dissen chef du cuisine: Matthew Atkinson in partnership with: 

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Contact for Market Place: Justin Stoffregen 
(828) 252-4162
 
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
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Muga Rioja, La due Arbie Chianti Clssico, Komaros Rose', Pintupi9 White&Red

 


MUGA

Rioja
90% Viura (Macabeo) and 10% Malvasia and Garnacha Blanca

NYT Wine Critic Eric Asimov selected MUGA for his
Top 10 White Rioja over bottles priced at $40 and above!

A lemon-yellow color in glass with green glints that reveal its youth. 
On the nose, expect a floral wine reminiscent of almond blossom,
with citrus notes of American lime and faint underlying toasted nuances.
On the palate, the wine is fresh with very good acidity and a long finish,
wrapping the mouth with reminders of Golden Delicious apples.
Perfect match for vegetable dishes, rice, fish and shellfish, taps or all alone.

La Due Arbie Chianti Superiore 
80% Sangiovese. 20% Merlot. 13.5ALC ! 
  Ruby red in the glass, this Tuscan wine presents ripe red fruits, violets and cherries on the nose and palate. Rounded tannins and an elegant long finish. Fermentation on natural lees in steel vats for two weeks followed by aging in barrels for 12 months and three months in bottle before release. 

 

 

Rose is Rolling IN
Shop Favorite Garofoli Montepulciano Rose is one of the first IN!

100% Montepulciano. Steel Tank. Fresh. Light. Lovely.

Start planning for "Rose in the Courtyard"
Save the Date: May 20th. Details TBA

A blend of 78% Chardonnay, 19% Sauvignon Blanc and 3% Fiano.
The Chardonnay brings plenty of texture and stone fruit flavor.
The wine is dry and zesty in character, with lifted aromas of citrus, melon and white blossom while the palate is fresh and flavorsome with lovely and fruit focus.
A delicious and rewarding white. Easy to open a second or third bottle!

A blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Shiraz, 48% Shiraz
and 2% Chenin Blanc. "The Red" is bright ruby in the glass.
Lively aromas of red berries, cherry, cracked pepper and dried herbs on the nose.
Spicy and precise on the palate, offering tangy red fruit flavors,
picking up a bitter licorice quality and leaving red fruit notes behind. 

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Rose' Tasting Saturday Starts May 5th

 

News Release: Monday, April 2nd, 2018

About: Rose' Tasting @MetroWines
 
 Monthly Rose Saturday is starting on Saturday May 5th, 2018 from 10am to 7pm @MetroWines.
 
Six bottles of Rose from around the world will be "on the taste" and "on the house" and featured wines will be offered at an event price.
 
"Join us to taste the versatility of Rose," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "Rose is the strong silent type!"
 
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi 
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
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Women Winemakers Dinner

 

WOW! What a night. Good wine. Great menu. Excellent pairings. And Juniper Cooper of Mutual Distribution took us through the amazing world of women winemakers! The menu was set but at the last minute, we decided to step outside the wine box and called an audible.
 
First, we served Beef Carpaccio with Soave. Oh yes, we did! From Sauvia, the Soave is made by a family of four women. Founded in the 1600s, the family started exporting in the 1800s to Spain and England. The emphasis today is on sustainability and the women are pioneering the biodynamic movement in wine.
 
 
We shook up it up again and paired the Priorat with tuna and avocado with sesame and ginger dressing. GR-174 2015, a blend of Garnacha, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan, Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, the wine is made by Anna Gallisa. 
 
First established as a priory in the 1500s by a group of friars seeking to be closer to God, this high point was called "Scala Dei." The priory kept copious records. The methods and blends are historically accurate. The wine is balanced, structured and offers up black fruit on the nose and palate. Juniper Cooper says the wine is "a big bang for the buck" and is "approachable yet complex."
 
Pork Belly was paired with, although they said it couldn't be done! Napa Valley!  Made wine by Sarah Fuller, Piccolo Red is a Bordeaux blend. Starting her career scrubbing the floors, Sarah Fuller carries credentials and clout including stints at Quintessa and Estancia in South America. Her focus is on sustainable farming.
 
 
Vanilla Sky partnered up with Signature Rose, a blend of Malbec and Pinot Noir, from Susana Balbo made in the UCO Valley, Mendoza. Born in the 1950s in Argentina, Susana was encouraged by her parents to study nuclear physics. Fun as it was!!, Susana finally said NO to physics and yes to wine. She also started down the winding wine road scrubbing barrels. Susana was the first woman winemaker in Argentina and is still considered one of the best.
 
Juniper described this rose as "manifesting spring!" But even more than that, what we found was that the wine had a cameleon like quality. The wine works with flavors, adjusting where necessary, without losing it's character or strength. Here again, we went off campus. The dessert was sweet, no question, and some might have thought a dry rose would clash, but no, cameleon! The inclsuion of 40% Pinot Noir provided enough fruit to partner.
 

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Hiyu and Smockshop Wine Tasting with Winemaker!

News Release: Wednesday, March 28th, 2018
About: Wine tasting with Winemaker for Hiyu and Smockshop
 

On Tuesday, April 10th, from 5 to 6:30, Winemaker, Nate Ready, a Master Sommelier, will pour and discuss his well received, limited production wines @MetroWines. 

A very thoughtful and environmentally aware wine maker, Nate Ready operates a polyculture farm and uses biodynamic and organic practices in his production.
Wines "on the taste" and "on the house" include Hiyu Falcon Box, Arco Iris, Smock Shop Pinot Noir and Smock Shop Columbia Valley Red. 
“When I have Hiyu/Smock Shop wines, I am struck by the sense of place, complexity, and thoughtfulness which they embody," says Charlie Stanley of Rise Over Run, Distributor for the wines. "Master Sommelier and winemaker Nate Ready’s wines harken to  historical classics of Burgundy and the Rhone Valley, while they are firmly rooted in American expression existing at the intersection of natures agricultural beauty and human ingenuity.”
 

Smockshop says: "Smockshop is an exploration of the Columbia Gorge by the team at Hiyu Wine Farm. The Gorge contains a diverse range of landscapes within a small area. It was this multitude of potential terroirs that drew us to the Gorge. We've been working on developing relationships with growers and landowners who share our vision of farming. We now lease and farm twenty acres of land outside of Hiyu and purchase fruit from an additional few more. All of the vineyards are farmed naturally and allow us access to the full spectrum of possible flavors from high altitude, cool climate sites on the western end of the Gorge to the more Mediterranean, dessert influenced sites to the east."

 
Read more about Smockshop here: https://www.smockshopband.com/About-Us

Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
Shop:  828-575-9525
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"Flavors and Splendors of Provence"

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News Release: Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

About: Northern Provence Presentation
 
Join The Asheville School of Wine and Sylvie Delaunay of Provence Detours on Sunday, May 20th from 3-4pm @MetroWines for a wine tasting with cheese and charcuterie to accompany a presentation about the cuisine and culture and discussion of a hosted tour of the area. 
 
Sylvie Delaunay, owner and operator of Provence Detours, will offer a power point presentation called "Flavors and Splendors of Northern Provence" with details of the planned trip to the area.
  From Provence Detours: Nestled in the Rhône Valley at the northern end of Provence, our tours explore the riches of Drôme, home of the Côtes du Rhône wines. Relax and savor the charm and peacefulness of rural Provence as you experience Drôme’s sprawling vineyards, brilliant lavender fields, mountain-perched villages, and sunny blue skies. It’s a region you shouldn’t miss — home to its own identity and culture, stunning landscapes, and incredible local flavors. Take the time to stop, explore, and savor parts of France you never knew existed.

Meet the local shop owners and proprietors who have called the region home for generations. Experience sights and sounds off the beaten path — exploring places no other tour does. Taste the food of the region, grown mere steps from the medieval villages you’ll explore. Taste wines from the vineyards you’ll see as you explore the region.

Local farms, olive groves, forests, and orchards provide the quintessential Mediterranean fare you’d expect for a journey through Provence. Explore historic villages, perched atop mountains and cliffs, wandering the cobblestone streets and soaking in the warm French sun.

  Rest easy at the end of each day in a warm and inviting bed and breakfast — you’ll enjoy the same location the duration of your trip — where you’ll connect with your travel companions, share stories, and build relationships with people from around the world.

The event is "on the house" but seating is limited. Please reserve your seat by calling (828) 575-9525 or shop online here:  https://www.metrowinesasheville.com/store/special-events/and reserve your seat.

More about the tour: https://provencedetours.com/

Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi

Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!

gina@MetroWinesAsheville.com

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Italian Wine Tasting with Nicola Cerini

News Release: Sunday, March 25th, 2018
About: Italian Wine Tasting
 
Please join The Asheville School of Wine for a wine tasting with Nicola Cerini, Export Manager for Italian Wineries, Bove and Rubbia al Colle, on Monday, April 23rd from 5 to 6:30 @MetroWines. The tasting is "on the house.' parking is free, close and easy.


Bove

Three generations of the Bove family have called the rich farmland of Avezzano, Abruzzo, home. Here, they have nurtured wine grapes that grow plump and favorful nourished by soil from what was the bed of Italy’s largest lake. The lake was drained in the late 19th Century to create new agricultural lands – giving birth to modern day Avezzano.

Rome may have its historic prominence and Venice its pic-turesque canals – Avezzano itself has a history reaching to the Paleolithic period. As its inhabitants developed agricultural prominence in the early 20th Century, a devastating earthquake all but eradicated the city. Staunch residents rebuilt only to be bombed repeatedly during World War II – until liberated by the New Zealand Army in June 1944.

Families rebuilt again – and today Avezzano has come into its own for both its high quality agricultural products and its emergence as a center for tech industry.

The Bove family, who founded their cantine in 1930, epitomize the pride of the Avezzano people and embrace their role as stewards of the land and the surrounding natural resources.

And, as the saying goes, it takes a village. The Bove family works closely with local farmers to resurrect varieties like Pecorino that had nearly disappeared from the region. Likewise, refined cultivation of the fabled Montepulciano grape has resulted in wines that exhibit the region’s true character.

The wines have been forged from hardship but drink with enjoyable and with well-earned maturity. Bove wines express the character of the region’s fruitful terroir and the dedication and passion of the Bove family. A high-tech bottling line shows the family’s eye for the future. Careful sourcing from optimal vineyards and careful grape selection are hallmarks of respect for quality and tradition.

More: http://uvaimports.com/producers/bove

Rubbia al Colle

For many travellers, an exploration of Italy often begins in Tuscany. The region is known for its romantic allure, the food and, of course, the wine.

Tuscany, like the rest of Italy, is not easily pigeonholed. Its 8,900 square miles are diverse, from its capital of Florence to the tiniest of mountain villages, Tuscany is a nation within a nation, where the matter of a few miles finds diverse daily meals and much, much different wines.

Almost 7 miles due east of the Mediterranean Ocean and 57 miles southwest of Florence, Rubbia al Colle is nearly in the heart of the vast Maremma region. Here, grapes grow on two tracts. Podere Le Pulledre skirts a fertile valley floor where vines flourish in clay soil with deep sand layers, warm climate and significant diurnal temperature swings. Podere La Rubbia is located on a hillside with a warm and windy climate. Soils are clay and calcareous with stony sediment. The two vineyards are very diferent and exemplify the micro-regions that give Maremma its rich agricultural heritage.

Located on highly traveled tourist paths, this rich farmland tucks up against foothills leading to Campiglia – a beautiful walled city with roots in Medieval times. To the northeast lies the DOCG namesake, Suvereto, another walled city of barely 4,000 people.

The winery of Rubbia al Colle is located in the ancient property Le Pulledre. The Muratori family built the winery in the hearth of a hill, where now the red wines of Rubbia al Colle mature. The winery is predominately underground, made of local materials, in sympathy to the original structure of the estate. Mediterranean maquis grows on the roof of the winery and water, sun and rocks are primary elements of the winery, while clay is its foundation layer.

The wines are released at a time when they can be enjoyed – and will grow more compelling with time. Rubbia al Colle, on the Arcipelago Muratori estate, is dedicated to red wines, especially Sangiovese, and including Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Petit Verdot. The wines are a testament to the vineyards’ outstanding growing conditions and the Muratori family commitment to tradition and quality.

 

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Comings and goings

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     It's been quiet in here as of late, hasn't it? For good reason, I promise. The end of February and most of March have been very busy for us at Metro Wines. 

     One of our favorite winemakers, Michele D'Aprix, was here not very long ago. Michele is the only American woman wine maker in Bordeaux! And she was actually here IN our store! Not Skype, or Facebook Live, but in the very flesh, enchanting us with stories about life in Bordeaux, and how she comes up with names for her wines. We had a significant turnout that evening, and I'm sure many of you had the pleasure of meeting Michele.

     We also had a fantastic tasting featuring the wines of Donkey & Goat. Based in California, they take a very holistic, "hands off" approach to wine making: natural, sustainable, and biodynamic practices at the vineyard; in the cellar they don't add or take anything from the wine, and they ever only use minimal effective sulphur. They don't stabilize, fine, or filter their wines at bottling. The result is a world of flavors that you don't usually get from these varietals, with a fantastic texture to boot. And, from what I hear, no donkies, nor goats, are ever harmed in the making of the wine.

     I had the pleasure of being invited to the Beth HaTephila Congregation to do a presentation on Kosher wines. This was a great learning opportunity for me. Admittedly, I fell under the umbrella of everyone who believed that all Kosher wines are boiled, and of poor quality, because I was told that long ago, and never questioned it. It was eye-opening, as well as pleasantly surprising to find out that, while some Kosher wines are pasteurized, most are not, and as far as quality goes, there's no difference between a Kosher wine and its conventional counterpart. Chateau Valandraud double magnum, you say? $3,000 at auction. Quality, pedigree, and the history are there to rival the most legendary wines on earth. By the way, that's a picture of the Golan Heights at the top of this post. 

     We have also been making our Auction winners very happy with their tastings. Among the themes for these tastings are "Fun, but not weird," "Wine for Bourbon drinkers," and "Greek wines you've never heard of, or heard of but haven't tried." Retsina, anyone? 

    These are but a few of the activities that have kept me away from the keyboard here at Metro. While things don't seem to be slowing down (which is a good thing), I will try to keep the updates more consistently frequent.  Until next time.

Cheers!  

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Asheville Wine Focus Group: July

 

Chris Curtis of Country Vintner will host the July gathering of The Asheville Wine Focus Group.

The Country Vintner has served North Carolina as an importer and wholesaler of fine wines since 1995.  Our portfolio is incredibly diverse and dynamic, featuring classic iconic wineries and exciting new brands from around the world. 

We serve restaurants and retailers across the entire state from the coastline of the Outer Banks to the mountains of Asheville.  All of our wines are received into our temperature-controlled distribution center on refrigerated containers and are delivered to our customers on refrigerated trucks.

If you shop @MetroWines, you are familiar with Country Vintner Wines including Secateurs, RAATS, DMZ just to name a few!

You must reserve a seat. Please call (828) 575-9525.

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Engineers Without Borders Fundraiser

 

 

News Release: Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

Engineers Without Borders: Asheville Chapter Fundraiser
 
The Asheville Chapter of Engineers Without Borders invites you to a wine tasting to benefit the good work of the organization on Friday, April 13th from 5 to 7pm @MetroWines. 
 
Engineers Without Borders, a non-profit, is a team of experienced professionals with backgrounds in environmental, manufacturing, chemical, civil, mechanical and software engineering.
 
In 2015, our team of Asheville engineers (http://ewbasheville.org/) saw children kicking a soccer ball into a medical waste burn pile in Uluthe Village Kenya. A year later, in collaboration with the community, we completed the building of a safe medical waste incinerator at the Uluthe Medical Hospital and Dispensary.
 
The current project aims to improve medical waste disposal at the larger Siaya County Hospital near Uluthe. The hospital serves more than 300 people each day, that's 106,800 people every year providing all types of medical services including antimalarial drugs and antiretroviral drugs, HIV testing, prenatal care and childbirth as well as first aid and surgery.
 
Donation for the event is $20, includes glass of red, white or rose. Tickets HERE. 
 
Can't join us but want to make a tax deductible donation?
Or make checks payable to EWB-USA with "Asheville Professionals" on memo line to: 
EWB-USA Asheville Professionals
C/O Anchor QEA of NC PLLC
213 Haywood Street, Asheville, NC 28801

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Asheville Wine Focus Group Winner: March

In a bizarre turn of events, the focus group was almost evenly split among the four wines presented by Mike Tiano of Haw River Wine Man. But, I think I saw one more hand for the Colterenzio Pinot Nero. OK, it was my hand but, hey, I count! I love this wine.  Brilliant ruby red in the glass, fresh fruity on the nose with aromas of red currants and black cherry. Colterenzio is medium bodied with ripe berry flavors on the palate. Soft tannins and integrated aciidty round out the wine. This Pinot Nero could go 2-4 years in the bottle. Bottom line is that a Pinot Nero (Pinot Noir in France and Blauburgunder (OUCH!) in Germany and Austria) of this quality at this price, $16.99, is hard to find. Find it @MetroWines!

Tellus Vinea 2016, an unoaked Bordeaux imported by Neal Rosenthal, was a close second, a hand away, OK OK, my hand. But I love this one too. This blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc is earthy and fruity with a waft of cherry. The wine is fermented in concrete allowing the true flavors of the grapes to speak without being smothered by oak. That said, this is a versatile Bordeaux.

Vallevo Pecorino sold out last night. The importer tells the story of how he found this wine:

Some years ago I helped a group of Italian winemakers tour Sonoma County wineries. The following year I was at Vinitaly, the huge Italian wine trade fair, and I went to say hello to one of the winemakers at his booth; his name was Gianni Pasquale, and he was the Technical Director for a small co-operative winery in the Abruzzo region, near Chieti. We talked for a bit, and then he asked if I'd like to taste his wines. I must admit I felt slightly embarassed; I knew roughly how little they cost, and I assumed they'd be pretty dire. But it would have been rude to refuse.

They poured the wines, and I started tasting, mentally composing a white lie to explain why I couldn't buy them. Then I realized that they were in fact exactly right- very flavorful, honest, well-made wines at a perfect price. In a sense this is an importer’s highest achievement; it’s pretty easy to find good wine at $50 a bottle, but very difficult at less than $10.  This extraordinary bottle is $10.99 @MetroWines.

COSTA DEI TRABOCCHI’ ABRUZZO PECORINO DOC

‘No, this is not the sheep cheese: the variety’s curious name refers to sheepherders who ate the grapes while accompanying their flocks…’ Ian d’Agata

Pecorino is a grape variety that almost died out, and has been coming back into production in the last 20 years or so in the Marche and the Abruzzo. The wine is characterized by fresh acidity and very attractive aromas: ‘…usually delicately herbal (sage, thyme, mint) with balsamic nuances to the crisp apple and pear aromas and flavors…’ (d’Agata again).

The Vallevò Pecorino is fermented dry and aged on the lees in stainless steel tanks, and bottled in the Spring following the vintage. Makes a great dry aperitif and works with a range of foods, from seafood to vegetables.

 

 

Also a winner, Ostatu. Not a new wine to the shop but a constant favorite with customers and, as of last night, the Focus Group. The Focus Group liked the acidity and freshness of this wine. It is a"porch sipper" or the perfect partner to seafood. The winery says: The Rioja Blanco 2016 from Bodegas Ostatu is a blend of 85% Viura and 15% Malvasia from the highest parts of their oldest vineyards - the vines are between 30 and 80 years old. Pronounced aromas of nectarine, passion fruit and peach, give way to a fresh, lively palate with vibrant acidity and a spicy finish with hints of ginger and lemongrass.

 

 

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Graves, L'Oustalet, Rosso di Rocca

What We're Talking About @MetroWines...

 

Rosso di Rocca 2015 by Daniela, Monica and Paola Roca
Read about the Winemakers: http://www.albinorocca.com/en/today/
The 2015 Rosso di Rocca, the estate’s Nebbiolo based,
Barbera and Cabernet Franc blend,
is another fruity, tasty red to drink now and over the next year or two.
Sweet red cherry, flowers, mint, orange peel and sweet spices
are laced into the supple, racy finish.
Red Beans and Rice Approved
That's Pistou on the label, the horse that still works the fields!
L'Oustalet is just as dependable and, oh yeah, red beans and rice approved.

 
  The Perrin Family has been pioneers in organic viticulture in France. Jacques Perrin being engaged in its development as early as 1950. this natural approach to viticulture has one maine goal: to encourage the roots to grow deep. When this happens, they interact with the soil's complex structure and produce grapes with marvelous intensity and balance. L'Oustalet is no exception. A blend of Grenache and Syrah, the wine displays superb aromas of juicy fruit, cherries, spices and smoked meat, with texture and balance.
You Like Semillon? Don't Forget Graves!
Chateau Graville-Lacoste Graves
IMPORTED BY KERMIT LYNCH

A blend of 75% Semillon, 20% Sauvignon Blanc and 5% Muscadelle.
Unfiltered. Stainless Steel.
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Asheville Wine Focus Group: April

News Release: Thursday, March 8th, 2018

About: April Session of The Asheville Wine Focus Group @MetroWines
 
Please join us for The Asheville Wine Focus Group on April 4th, 2018 from 5:30-6:30 @MetroWines as we welcome Bryan Hendershot of Mims Distribution, in business over 50 years, to host the evening.
 
Bryan will present four wines for participants to consider. "Participants are asked to play wine shop owner for the night," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "Participants will taste the wines and answer whether like the wine, do they believe others will like the wine, should the wine be carried  @MetroWines, and what should the wine cost."
 
There is no charge for the event. Please reserve your seat by calling (828) 575-9525 or register online here: 
 
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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